Calling all international culture vultures

Watch some amazing live cultural performances courtesy of Auckland Council at the Auckland International Cultural Festival on Sunday 7 April.

Come along and be amazed by the traditional art of shadow puppetry, an ancient form of storytelling enjoyed by many cultures across the world. Accompanied by the Auckland Gamelan Orchestra, the Wayang Shadow Puppets are performed by Dr Joko Susilo, born in Indonesia and an eighth generation dhalang (shadow puppet master). Dr Susilo has been the star of more than 50 different plays and over 500 performances as a professional puppeteer.

Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of the Council’s Culture, Arts and Events Forum says the line-up of performers at the Festival is impressive.

“It’s great that Aucklanders can experience these amazing artists, free of charge as part of this Council event. Tasty food, great performances and have-a-go activities, this annual event should be a definite must-do on everyone’s calendar,” he says.

Also taking to the festival stage will be the Tamashii Taiko Drummers, a Japanese Taiko drumming troupe who have adapted the traditional Japanese art form and blended it with martial arts and contemporary rhythms.

The Tamashii Taiko Drummers have previously delighted Aucklanders as part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup grand opening ceremony. Their high energy performances will be followed by audience participation workshops where you can have a go on the giant drums.

Join us:

When: Sunday 7 April 2013, 10am – 5pm

Please note: daylight saving finishes this weekend

Where: War Memorial Park, May Road, Mt Roskill

How much does it cost: Free

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